Iran’s Ministry of Energy has devised a plan to promote the greater use of cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power (CHP), reports the Tehran Times.

In July 2010, Iran’s first privately owned CHP plant, located in Tehran, officially became operational.

The plant’s production capacity was 7.8 MW, with an efficiency of 73 oer cent. This is significantly higher than the average efficiency of the country’s conventional power plants, which is around 38 per cent.

Majid Namjou, the energy minister, has also confirmed that the administration is now pursuing a policy of promoting renewable energy, reports the Mehr News Agency.

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